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Spotted! - Arthur Wylie

Founder and CEO of Arthur Wylie Enterprises

Sunday, August 10, 2014    

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SO spots Arthur Wylie in chill mode at the luxe Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in Kingston. Wylie, who is the founder and CEO of Arthur Wylie Enterprises, became a millionaire at the age of 26. His ventures started out of his dorm. Naturally our interest is piqued...

We gather several projects have brought you to Jamaica. Do share...

The spirit of Jamaica has really captured me. I love the vibe here and a quick vacation just two months ago has morphed into my involvement with some major projects here. We will be filming a movie in Jamaica, primarily in Montego Bay, and also participating in the successful staging of the 'Destination Experience' at Goldeneye in September.

Percy and Eleanor Hussey sold me on the idea for the movie. Eleanor's mother, Jane Crichton, wrote a play years ago that won a lot of awards here in Jamaica, and Percy explained everything to me about Jamaica and the rich history of Rose Hall.

How far along are your projects?

We are in the development and research phase. Jeffrey Reddick, the creator of the $650-million movie franchise Final Destination, is writing scripts. So at this time, we are visiting the island, meeting with historians, and spending time at various locations to see all the rich stories in Jamaica. We have had several meetings with a couple families here and it is clear that Jamaica can contribute significantly to our efforts. The Rollins family has been especially helpful, they have done such an awesome job with preserving the history of Rose Hall. JAMPRO has been great to us so far. The meetings with Carole Beckford and the president have been positive, welcoming, and extremely helpful.

What excites you about Jamaica?

Wow, what is there not to like? The people here are so friendly. And the beauty, the history, support for the film industry -- all incredible. I'm also inspired by the opportunities for business in general, particularly for young entrepreneurs. It's one of the reasons I've partnered with entrepreneur Kirk-Anthony Hamilton to assist with the launch of 'The Destination Experience: A Global Renaissance' at Goldeneye Resort on the weekend of September 27th. The Arthur Wylie Foundation, which is dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship, and Chain of Hope, a Jamaican charity that is dedicated to assisting children with cardiovascular health issues, are the partner charities.

There's currently a huge buzz about the creative industries (here in Jamaica). But then again, they are already present in the USA. What is the attraction?

The locations and history for the stories we want to create are here. The history has shown that Jamaica was a critical element in the development of the new world as we know it today. Nothing can compete with that.

Blockbuster movies are few and far between and we have had our fair share of blockbuster disappointments...

Stories do not have to be huge blockbusters to be successful. We anticipate doing very well, just because of the great writers, producers, and talent that are involved. However, the movies are being done for the right prices, they are going to be exposed to the right people who want to see them, and one film happens to be a story that people worldwide have been waiting on for decades.

Where has the funding come from to support your respective ventures?

Currently, Global Renaissance Entertainment Group and SPE, whose principals run a $3-billion fund company called Cherokee Investment Partners, have a joint venture to finance projects. However, we are excited about involving local funding, where it makes sense to have Jamaica as a partner in the upside revenue potential.

What was it that attracted you both to work together?

I have a strong wealth management background -- that's where I've been most successful to date -- so I'm all about managing risk by putting together the best teams. Jeff Reddick is a great guy and we get along extremely well, but most importantly, Jeff is the creator of a tremendously successful international brand; he is a great fit for the project.

Are you contemplating any other Caribbean territories?

Potentially, we are always open, but our current focus is dead set on Jamaica.

The road to success is...

Enjoy the journey; you never know where it may lead.

Five essential pointers for young entrepreneurs....

* Have goals

* Plan them out

* Execute and overcome obstacles

* Market yourself as a brand!

* Read Only the CRAZY AND Fearless Win Big! for the rest of the formula. It is a game changer for any leader or entreprenuer.

The moment you first tasted success...

I wanted to do it again and impact others in a positive way to do it.

The one movie I continue to draw inspiration from is...

Remember the Titans.

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